The largest city in Turkey and home to over 10 million people, Istanbul is full of ancient palaces, mosques and monuments. Car rental in the region definitely comes into its own when exploring the stunning natural countryside outside the city's historic walls.
The Istanbul Region lies on a narrow strip of land between the Black and Marmara Seas. To start your adventure, we recommend a car rental trip out to the Bosphorus Strait, the thin stretch of water that separates Europe and Asia. Flanked on each side by beautiful Ottoman style villas and palaces with amazing gardens, the Bosphorus also features two impressive bridges and a pair of remarkable 15th century fortresses. Although car rental is your best option for getting to the area, a local ferry is suggested for seeing the main sights once there.
The stunning natural landscape of the Cappadocia region also makes for a good car rental journey. Although four hours from Istanbul, the scenery here is exquisite and unique, with fascinating rock formations and strange subterranean dwellings with their famed 'fairy chimneys'. Unlike anywhere else you will have ever seen, car rental trips to the picturesque towns in this area, such as Nevsehir, Aksaray and Nigde, are well worth the drive. Chief among the attractions is the underground city of Derinkuyu, once home to over 20,000 people.
We also recommend a car rental visit to the astonishing Ihlara Valley. This 16 km canyon is lined on each side with over 100 churches, carved into the rock. Also of interest to car rental travellers is the pretty town of Bursa, with its many green parks and squares, plus two museums of regional history.
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